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to decide. it's clear, though, highlighting nra intransigence is part of the political strategy. the new cnn/"time" magazine poll while momentum for change may be starting to fade, 56% now favor an assault weapons ban compared to 62% immediately after newtown. 58% support a ban on extended magazines. last month that was 62%. however, expanded ckground checks remains very popular with 87% supporting checks on gun show purchases. we'll have more on the politics shortly. but first, the personal two takes on what happened at the white house today. lexy haller, the uncle over noah pozner killed along with colin goddard. collin was shot four times in a classroom at virginia tech. i wuas wondering what your reaction was to what you heard. >> based on what we heard before the announcement when the families met with the president and the vice president and during the announcement itself, i was satisfied and pleased to see that the administration is treating this so seriously. and i think the strong sense i got was that they were determined to make a major change here and to enact significant reforms
phenomenon. much, much more. we welcome rachel nichols in the cnn bleacher report at 4:00 eastern saturday afternoon. that's it for me. now to washington to my friend wolf blitzer. >> >>> a very tough day for defense secretary chuck hagel. >>> also, an unfolding scandal involving a united states senator denying allegations of prostitution and free plane trips. >>> eight "new york times" reveals its been under attacks for months by someone in china. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we were bracing for fireworks at today's confirmation hearing for defense secretary nominee chuck hagel but it actually turned out to be even a lot tougher than many of us expected. republicans grilled hagel raising serious questions about his past statements and positions, especially about israel and iran. at times, hagel seemed to struggle to answer some of those tough questions and other times he gave answers he later had to clarify. let's go to our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin. jessica, it was a tough, tough day for chuck hagel? >> reporter: so far it has been, wolf. chuck w
news. cnn has learned an american has been killed during the hostage situation in algeria. plus the man who says he's behind the attack has the nickname "the marlboro man" and "the jihad prince." >>> the number of american husband holds with guns is on the decline but the nra's power is growing. it is growing even after newtown. breaking news, one american has been killed in the algeria hostage situation. we'll tell you what we know about that man and the other americans we are aware of tonight. let's get straight to jill dougherty at the state department. first, jill, what can you tell us about the american who died? >> there are not a lot of details. we can confirm according to a senior u.s. official that one american is dead. family has been notified that this person has died. but other than that, where they died, how they died, and maybe when they died, is not clear. after all, this began three days ago. and then the operation has been ongoing for two days. so not clear. a lot of those details. i can tell you that this afternoon, before this news broke, secretary of state hillary cl
a series of lawsuits could wipe out his fortune. one american hostage confirmed dead in algeria. cnn communicates with another hostage who managed to escape. then ra's power is growing even after newtown. let's go ""outfront."" good evening. i'm erin burr knit. "outfront" tonight, breaking news on lance armstrong. coming clean part two. the 41-year-old former cyclist continued his confession with more revelations about his cheating and lying for more than a decade. ed lavandera has been following the story. he's in austin tonight. ed? >> reporter: erin, oprah promised leading into this interview that it was at times emotional and on this second night is when we finally saw some of that emotion. lance armstrong becoming the most emotional we saw him in this two-night interview when he had to explain to his kids that he had been lying all along for more than a decade. >> when this all really started, i saw my son defending me and saying that's not true. what you're saying about my dad is not true. and it almost goes to this question of why now. yeah. that's when i knew i had to tell hi
. >>> we're getting word of a lawsuit with major implications for professional football. cnn's casey wian is joining us from los angeles with details. casey, tell us about this lawsuit. >> well, wolf, junior seau, the former nfl middle linebacker, his family, including his four children, his ex-wife and the trustee of his estate are suing the national football league for wrongful death, fraud, and negligence. they're saying the league failed to protect him from repeated blows to the head that ultimately led him to commit suicide in may of last year. the seau family is also suing riddell, which manufacturers helmets for the nfl. the lawsuit claims that the league was, quote, aware of the risks that were associated with repetitive traumatic brain injuries for many decades, but deliberately ignored and actively concealed the information from the players, including the late junior seau. the suit also claims that the nfl promotes violence and brutality to sustain its $9 billion a year business. now, the league has declined comment on the suit. riddell says it's confident in the integrity of it
as secretary of state. hillary gives an exit interview to cnn. >>> a huge steroid scandal explodes, including big names like alex rodriguez. now the league is speaking out. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." a major speech on a hot button issue. president obama speaking out a while ago in las vegas about comprehensive immigration reform. his remarks come one day after a bipartisan group of senators laid out a framework for a possible bill that would be a path to citizenship to increase border security. but the president also made it clear if congress can't act quickly on that, he'll put forward his own bill. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin is standing by. detail for us what is in the president's proposal? >> reporter: wolf, detail is the key word. in the past, the president has been accused of standing for policy proposals short on specifics. not today. president obama laid out a plan for comprehensive immigration reform that would change the immigration system in three central ways. first, it would strengthen workplace enforcement, specifically by making it
. local law officials say that race was not a factor. court documents obtained exclusively by cnn's drew griffin have opened a new window in the case. we are keeping him honest. from the u.s. postal service. we'll even drop off boxes if you need them. >>> welcome back. keeping them honest now. just over a year ago we told you about a horrific hate crime caught on tape, a group of white teens beating up an african-american man in a parking lot in jackson, mississippi. exclusive surveillance video was obtained by cnn that showed one of the teens backing up his pickup truck so he can actually drive over james anderson's battered body. the 47-year-old auto worker died. a federal investigation followed. the truck's driver, deryl deadmon, pleaded guilty to murder and admitted he was a part of white teens who drove around looking for black victims to beat up. the sixth member of the group pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes just this month. now 125 miles north of jackson, another african-american man has been killed by a white teenager in a car. this time no hate crime charges have been filed
at 3:00 p.m. eastern with brooke baldwin. cnn "newsroom" continues right now with ashleigh banfield. >> carol, thanks very much. we've got big news to bring to you. an actual dramatic turn of events in algeria where americans are among those being held right now. we've got reports that an algerian militant operations currently under way to free the hostages from a remote gas plant located in the eastern part of that country. the algerian state news agency says four hostages have been freed, two british, a french citizen and citizen from kenya. minutes ago the irish governmented aed to that saying one of its nationals have been freed which brings the total to five being freed. we are getting very sketchy reporting out of this area that some of the hostages that were taken may have in fact been killed. militants seen here in this web video seized dozens of hostages yesterday, including the americans, british, japanese, algerians among them as well. news reports in the region say they are demanding an end to the french military operation in mali. that's neighboring mali and also safe p
for themselves? find us on facebook and twitter. cnn.com bottomline. and catch me this afternoon with ali velshi, see why some democrats are saying debt problem, what debt problem? "cnn saturday morning" with randi kaye continues right now. >>> so help you god? >> so help me god. >> good morning, everyone, and welcome to this special edition of "cnn saturday morning," it's saturday, january 19, i'm randi kaye coming to you from the national mall in washington, d.c., as we gear up for the annual inauguration. all morning we'll have preparations for the big day and the biggest challenges facing president obama in his second term. today is the national day of service. it was founded as a day to celebrate dr. martin luther king jr. and to promote volunteerism. coming up later this hour, we'll tag along with vice president joe biden and jill biden on their event. and next hour, we'll see what the president and first lady are up to, as well. we have already been out here for hours this morning. but there is much more to come. we have reporters bringing you all the angles of the inauguration. our shann
americans held by islamic militants. u.s. government officials tell cnn that may not necessarily, though, be the case. let's get straight to our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence working this story for us. chris, be what is the very latest that you're hearing? >> wolf, the latest that we're getting from u.s. officials is that some americans may have escaped but some may still be held by those hostage takers and they are still seeing signs perhaps of some intermittent fighting, suggesting that perhaps this isn't over yet. as the hostage situation stretched to a second day, u.s. officials scrambled to find a resolution and determine the state of the americans still in militant hands. >> this incident will be resolved, we hope with a minimum loss of life. but when you deal with these relentless terrorists, life is not in any way precious to them. >> americans and other western workers were on as about when multiple militants attacked. the militants took hostage at this gas plant heavily armed with rocket grenades and forced some hostages to wear explosive vests. the militants may have t
situation room." >>> and the breaking news continues here in cnn. we're covering the country's latest multiple shooting incident on a college campus. three people, at least two of them were students caught in a cross fire. a fourth person suffered a heart attack during the shooting. it all happened near houston, texas, on the north harris campus of lone star college. that's a community college in texas. cnn's ed lavandera has the latest. ed, what are you hearing? >> reporter: this shooting appears to be a situation that started off as an altercation in one of the buildings between two people. one of those firing shots was wounded and is now in custody. two people were caught in the crossfire and those people were wounded and then there was a fourth person that in all of this may lay had a heart attack. that person is being treated as well. and now the focus is on the second shooter, the second person in the altercation. that person fled the campus itself. the officials say that everything is safe and secure now on the campus but the search for that second suspect is the main concern a
. that's what we're seeing here. we know this morning, cnn has confirmed that european, chilean, indian and qatar authorities have grounded their fleets. they are not being flown until further notice. >> until they figure out if they're safe. sandra endo, thank you. >>> as we said, there was a lot going on today. christine is here with the headlines. >>> americans and other foreign nationals becoing held hostage algeria. islamic militants targeted a gas field targeting foreign officials there. several hostages were seized, including americans. 30 algerians taken hostage have managed to escape. >>> an american soldier accused of murdering 16 afghan civilians, 9 of them children, he is set to be arraigned today. a defense attorney says staff sergeant robert bales will plead not guilty. he is being held at a base in washington state. bales allegedly murdered the civilians in a nighttime raid last march. >>> the world awaits oprah winfrey's one-on-one with lance armstrong tonight. it's widely reported he will admit to doping but what else will he say? the interview has not aired, but the da
. >> hi, guys. >> who the hell is wolf? >> jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> who is wolf blitzer. >> no, he said, "who the hell is wolf." >> i know, but i was not going to say that part. >> a very famous quote. >> go down in the history books. >> that was a hoax, that balloon -- it was? >> you can tweet us @wolfblitzer, @katebalduan. >>> "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. >> some american hostages being held in algeria have been released, but a number of the hostages unaccounted for tonight as the raid, we can report, temporarily on hold. >>> plus, the brother of one of the hostages who escaped from his captors recounts his escape. >>> and on the night lance armstrong's confession is set to air, a sports writer who believed him until the very bitter end comes "outfront." >>> i'm erin burnett. good evening, everyone. "outfront" tonight, we have breaking news on the hostage crisis. a fast-developing story tonight. here the latest that we know. we now know that some americans have been freed, but others are still unaccounted for in algeria. a senior american official just confirms to cn
, cnn, new york. >>> cute. okay. it turns out that the folks in ottawa actually do have a sense of humor. we misspoke earlier in the newsroom that a hockey fan was not actually thrown out of last night's senators florida panthers game. sportsnet reports the man was actually taken away so that refs could get some personal information to contact him in the future so it could be a money maker for him. our apologies to the ottawa senators. you do have a sense of humor. i'm carol docostello. i'm carol docostello. thank you for joining us. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> i'm ashleigh banfield. i want to take you live to the national cathedral in washington, d.c. the president and first lady michelle obama as well as the vice president are attending the national prayer service. this is a post-inauguration tradition that dates back to the days of george washington, a very important and solemn moment. we're going to do a lot more coverage as we go along through the hour about just exactly what happens during the national prayer service. but, again, a storied tradition. they happen to be
, all three watching, hoping that dream becomes reality. miguel marquez, cnn, savannah, georgia. >> tom tancredo is a former congressman from colorado, maria cardona is a contributor for us. i appreciate your taking the time to join us. representative tancredo, john mccain is part of this bipartisan drupe. like i said, a lot of people together you wouldn't expect to be standing together. but here's what he said about why republicans have to do this deal and do this deal now. >> elections. elections. the republican party is losing the support of our hispanic citizens. and we realize that there are many issues in which we think we are in agreement with our hispanic citizens, but this is a preeminent issue for those citizens. >> obviously, when you look at the election last time, president obama got 71% of the latino vote. mitt romney, 27%. is john mccain right? >> no, he really isn't. he's no more right this time than he was back in, what, '87, when he and another gang tried to put together a very similar bill. he and a member of that time of it was called the mccain-kennedy bill. very si
confirms to cnn that the operation seems to have ended for the night, but it is not over. and i wanted to quote what this official told us here at cnn. quote, there are still hostages and there are still terrorists, so tomorrow is another day. the algerian press service reports numerous casualties in the operation. the exact number, still unknown right now. and a lot of questions already are coming from the united states about the algerian government's tactics in the operation that could have put the hostages in jeopardy. now, we also want to let you know that right now, there's a chartered flight en route of bp employees from algeria. it is headed towards london to gatwick airport. now, that could be landing at any moment. we don't yet know if the passengers are any of the freed hostages or if there are americans on board, but as we get that information, we're going to share that with you. the brother of an irish national who escaped from captivity had a harrowing story. he spoke to cnn today and described what happened to his brother. >> yeah, but just found out recently that he'd be
. that does it for me. "cnn newsroom" continues with brooke baldwin. >>> in just a couple of minutes, a group of senators from both sides of the aisle set to announce a compromise on immigration. but one of the questions is, will it mesh with the president's announcement that will come tomorrow? i'm brooke baldwin. just in to cnn, a sudden about face from the boy scouts of america. we are now getting word that the group may drop the ban on gay scouts and scout leaders. chris lawrence, straight to you here, which obviously this would be a huge reversal. to be clear, this is not a done deal. what do you know? >> brooke, it is big news. it potentially has the possibility of affecting hundreds of thousands of families all across america. cub scouts, boy scouts, and their parents. scout leaders, everyone would be affected by this change in policy, if it goes through. here is some background. cnn has been going back and forth with the national organization on some other issues, and we just learned basically that they are considering reversing that ban and opening up the national organization to the
. that's it for me. "cnn newsroom" continues with brooke baldwin. >>> two brothers about to go blind decide to end their lives together. but it is what doctors do next that is stirring up the debate over the right to die. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. >>> guns, ammo, and the white house. find out what advice vice president joe biden gave his boss. >>> plus, critics pounce on coca-cola's new obesity ad. how scared is one of the world's most popular brands about soda bans? >>> and -- >> he's got to crawl over a lot of broken glass. >> -- after getting lance armstrong to confess, oprah says the cyclist didn't come clean in the manner she expected. >>> i'm brooke baldwin. good to see you. we have got some developing news now out of the white house. let me tell you what we know here. we know the vice president, joe biden, has just briefed the president on his gun violence package. and within this past hour, the white house announced a formal unveiling tomorrow. tomorrow, just before noon, we're hearing the white house planned to curb gun violence post sandy hook. want to go quickly
for comment. but online, folks were rooting for the fish. give that tarpin a hand. jeanne moos, cnn. >> oh, man. >> so many things we could say. that is how we will end the show today. >> remember, follow what's going on in "the situation room" on twitter. just tweet me at joejohnscnn. >> that is all for us this evening. thank you so much for joining us. "outfront" starts right now. >>> "outfront" next congress about to vote on a relief bill for victims of super storm sandy. a republican representative who will vote against the relief tells us why in just a moment. >>> plus, france tripling the number of troops the country is sending to mali. what does this mean for america's role in that fight? >>> and an "outfront" investigation into a booming business, birth tourism. foreign women giving birth in the united states so their kids will be citizens, but this time, we're not talking about people south of the border. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, the battle over super storm sandy. so the house of representatives is going to vote tonight, really j
. nice to speak to you. >>> now i want to bring in cnn's national security contributor, fran townsend. today, the president of france said something that just really stopped me in my tracks. he said france has no intention of staying in mali but we have an objective. that is, when we leave, there should be security in mali, a legitimate authority, electoral process and no more terrorists. if you substitute afghanistan for mali, it sounds a heck of a lot like the american objective in afghanistan which of course was not met and has been abandoned. can france get that job done? >> no. it's sort of one of these big audacious goals. you have to wonder what the president of france was thinking. it's one thing to have a limited objective to get your hostages out, to support the malian government and troops, to try and provide security to the capital and to assist. those are achievable goals. but this is really quite stunning. >> stunning and something that could mean something much more significant or drawn out. the pentagon says look, we're definitely going to be involved in mali and they
're in "the situation room." >>> this is cnn breaking news. >> let's get to the breaking news. a deadly terrorist attack on a gas field in eastern algeria near the libyan border. some of the more than 40 hostages seized have been released but a number of them are still being held, including americans. the state department confirms those americans are affiliated with the oil giant bp. let's bring in elise labott. the latest information you're getting is what? >> well, at first these assailants, these affiliated-al qaeda militants tried to storm a bus, these bp employees headed for an air field in nearby eastern algeria, that was not successful. then they stormed the compound of this living -- the living quarters of this air field and they took about 40 hostages. we understand that about seven americans -- we're not sure. it could be a little bit more, a little less -- are being held as well as britain, japan, norway, and ir labd. >> do we know who these americans are, what they were doing there precisely? >> they were all working in some capacity for bp. it's a very remote area and that'
of performance-enhancing drugs. first reported by sports illustrated. cnn not yet able to confirm that report. independently, we are bringing it to you because ray lewis has addressed the allegation two times. thank you for watching this very busy edition of "newsroom." "newsroom international" starts now. >>> welcome to "newsroom international." we are taking you around the world in 60 minutes. here's what's going on now. the debate over gun violence taking an emotional turn on capitol hill. a senate committee hears testimony from former congresswoman gabrielle giffords who was shot in the head in 2011. she struggled with speech because of lingering effects of the shooting. she's determined to speak out. >> this is an important conversation for our children, for our communities, for democrats and republicans. speaking is difficult, but i need to say something important. violence is a big problem. too many children are dying. too many children. we must do something. it will be hard, but the time is now. you must act. be bold. be courageous. americans are counting on you. thank you. >> you see
. tune in tomorrow for a specialc meeting about the push for gun control. thursday at 8:00 on cnn. >>> we are also watching an extremely unstable, dangerous storm system stretching 1200 miles from the great lakes to the gulf coast, threatening millions of folks in the south. it is triggering severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, wind gusts stronger than 70 miles an hour. the storm caused major damage in several states. trees knocked down. we already have seen roofs ripped off homes in tennessee. one man reportedly killed from a falling tree. the storm creating dangerous conditions on the road. police in kentucky say this tractor-trailer flipped over after hitting a concrete barrier. the central u.s. was hit with numerous crashes in kansas and ohio. want to bring in chad myers. we are getting word that a tornado touched down in northern georgia a half hour ago. what do we know? >> it was the town of adairsville, georgia. there are triage areas set up at local banks. this was a big hit. we don't have video approved for air yet. stay tuned was. we have to ask the photographer, make sure this is o
cnn host piers morgan. that's it for me now. brooke baldwin continues on "cnn newsroom." >>> as reaction pours in on the president's gun proposal, we aren't going to tell you what is illegal. we will show you what's illegal. you'll hear it straight from a gun dealer. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. they lived a middle class life, going to work, playing tennis. but behind closed doors they were sleeper spies, delivering secrets for cash. >>> plus, the jet of the future grounded. why dreamliners' new problem leads to a drastic move. >>> and -- >> just devastating. i think the whole town is probably just mortified about it. >> a dad and his two young sons go hiking. but never come home. you'll hear what happened in their last 24 hours. >>> hello, i'm brooke baldwin. good to be with you. it is a fight he shied away from in his first term of office. as of this afternoon, gun control is back near the top of president barack obama's agenda. 33 days since the shocking carnage at sandy hook elementary school. the president is calling the nation to action. he says protecting
.w.a.t. team. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> i don't know about you, but i'm scared of bees. >> bees sense fear. just remember that. >> i'm very fearful of them. don't like them. that's it for us. thanks very much for watching. you can always tweet us, tweet me. "outfront" starts right now. >>> "outfront" next, weeks after newtown, another shooting at an american school as two gunmen open fire at a texas college. we go to houston for the latest. >>> plus the family of an american hostage murdered in algeria spoke out today. >>> beyonce's natural anthem. what you may not have known about it. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, a shooting at a texas campus. shots rang out at the lone star community college in houston today in what officials now are blaming on a fight between two people. it was pretty awful to watch. it was so much uncertainty today as we started to see just what those helicopter shots, people running, there were stretchers. no one was sure what was happening, where the shooters were. police and emergency responders swarmed the campus minut
are such an after fr aphrodisiac. jeanne moos, cnn. >> a little dangerous, reckless but i guess romantic. >> how do you get pink smoke to come out? >> because it's engagement. >> i have no idea. i just know california traffic is already bad. >> you ever do any of those doughnuts? >> no, no. i would never say it on live tv if i did. >> we're not doing it either. you can always follow us on twitter. that's it for us. thanks very much for joining us. we'll be back here tomorrow. thanks for watching. "outfront" starts right now. >>> "outfront" next, the united states prepares new offensive against al qaeda. >>> plus, will she or won't she? hillary clinton, robert reish, a man who has known her since he was 19 years old, reacts to our cnn interview and tells us about a date he had with her. >>> apple will launch a new ipad with a very different price tag. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, attack of the drones. the american government is launching a new war, some of this country's 7500 drones may be about to take off with new targets in their sights. today, nija
in the "cnn newsroom." i'm wolf blitzer in washington. we're getting immediate reaction from republican leadership to what the president of the united states and the vice president just announced over at the white house. dana bash is our chief congressional correspondent. dana, are you getting some reaction from the speaker? >> reporter: that's right. the speaker's spokesman we should note saying the house committees of jurisdiction will review the recommendations and if the senate passes a bill, we will take a look at that. so that really undersores what we have been reporting for the past several days, even weeks that the house republicans are effectively a sideshow right now. certainly what they are going to feel ultimately if there is an ultimately will matter, but right now the focus is on the senate and is on the president's fellow democrats. and so much of what he was saying and focusing on, and will focus on in the next few days, is going to be on people in his own party. that really is something that i think is important to underscore. couple things here. first of all, there wa
costello, "cnn newsroom" begins right now. >> good morning to you both and good morning to all of you. stories we're watching now in the newsroom, defying gravity and flirting with death the thrill-seeking x games turns somber with word one injured athlete has taken a turn for the words. >>> protecting the nfl shield and nfl player, the league and the union near a deal to fund research on concussions and other injuries. >>> president obama on the road and on message for a chief priority of his second term today, he wraps his arms around a new senate plan to reform the nation's immigration system. >>> and it seems logical if you're a safe driver you should pay less for car insurance. too bad that's not the case anymore. the difference in price quotes might shock you. "the newsroom" starts now. good morning, and thank you so much for being with us. i'm carol costello. we begin with the adrenalin-fueled x games, and new questions this morning as the high-flying competition, has it become too extreme, too dangerous? 25-year-old caleb moore who competes in snowmobile freestyle is in critic
armstrong already in talks to return some endorsement money. stay with clnch cnn tonight for a complete wrap with anderson cooper, and on saturday, "the world according to lance armstrong." remember when lance armstrong was the most complicated sports story in the world? >> ed today it's not. more about manti te'o's story and how it's disintegrating, straight ahead. first, another thing that's falling apart. for boeing, dreamliners grounded. faa officials joining japan and europe grounding the dreamliner due to fire risk as a result of overheating lithium batteries. united is the only u.s. carrier that operates the dreamliner. christine following the story for weeks. >> what it means for boeing, boeing down 3% in premarket trading. down the past five days, the dreamliner is the marquee aircraft for boeing. lightweight carbon composite materials. most sophisticated electrical systems outside of space travel. a list price between $206 and $400 million dollars. the lithium ion batteries made by a japanese company. before further fight operations of the boeing 787 aircraft, must demonstrate batt
. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> that is one happy lady. she should be. >> that gives me the hebe ahhet thinking about it. >>> "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. >>> militants are holding several americans hostage tonight. the leader of an islamist group tells me it is because the west joins the war in mali. >>> and a truly bizarre story. we all heard how the notre dame player overcame the death of his girlfriend but it appears that was a hoax. let's go outfront. >>> good evening. i am erin burnett. americans held hostage. militants linked to al qaeda have claimed responsibility for an attack on gs workers. >> the best information that we have at this time is that u.s. citizens are among the hostages. i hope people understand that in order to protect their safety i am not going to get into numbers. i am not going to get into names. >> the number of american hostages has been fluid today. an islamist leader tells us there were seven hostages and there could be as few as three americans being held. the attack took place this morning at a bp gas field in response to france's militar
will be speaking with mike rogers and ed royce. >>> we begin with cnn pentagon correspondent, chris lawrence. obviously, this has been developing throughout the day. we have been struggling to chase this down and get the details. the u.s. government says it is taking the lead on the hostage situation. what is it doing to make sure the americans who are being held hostage are safe? >> erin, the first thing they did was to get some satellite surveillance over that area which means that the fbi can now monitor to some extent what is happening on the grown. the next thing the u.s. military did was upgrade the readiness sat tus of the so-called commander's in extremists force, the small lethal counter terrorism force that u.s. african command did not have when that was attacked in benghazi libya. it was stood up and allows african command to have a ready to go special operations team dedicated to hostage rescue and counter terrorism. this team we're told was already on its way to senegal to be in place for any potential missions that might come up with mali. they have been diverted in an undisclo
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symptoms before you, says cnn money tech reporter laurie siegel. >> evidence of sneezes, vomiting. ridiculous. >> ridiculous, but fun. >> erica. >> but instead of pointing the finger, point the needle. tv people are quick to bear arms, allowing their own arms to be shot while getting a flu shot. from cnn's anderson cooper. >> the light is glaring off your white arms. >> to the executive producer of the ellen show. >> ow. >> the award for most infectious may go to jennifer lawrence. those little flu shot whimpers are kind of infectious, too. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> should have had it long ago. >> every time i see somebody, it makes me cringe when they're getting the flu shot. anyway, get your flu shots. >> that does it for us. follow us on twitter. tweet me, joe johns. >> and me at kate bolduan. "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. >> "outfront" next, war in mali. leon panetta says america will have a role in the fight. >> plus, president obama holds a news conference and practically dares republicans to shut down the government. >> and another brutal and horrific and b
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